My Photographic Philosophy
Photography is more than simply taking a picture. It is using the perspective of a single eye to create a work of art. I have been an amateur photographer since 1997, when I was given my first camera, a Pentax K1000 SLR. From that moment to this current day, my photographical philosophy centers on showing the beauty of the natural world.
For two years, I went professional, shooting weddings as a business with two partners. I discovered quickly that turning a hobby into a job no longer allowed it to be a hobby. It also didn't fit with the type of photography I loved doing. I sold my portion of the business and have never looked back.
I find the natural world fascinating to photograph. Our landscape is filled with mountains and valleys; trees and grasses; lush fields and sandy desolation; waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Through all of this variety, life thrives in many shapes and forms. It is like having a giant canvas with a literally infinite number of colors with which to paint. Beyond the subject matter, however, my philosophy also concentrates on the vast difference between taking a picture and creating a photograph.
I see people taking pictures all the time. They do it with regular cameras, or cameras on their phones and tablets. It documents their journey and, for most, that is enough. For me, however, it is not.
When I choose a subject to photograph, consideration is given to composition, time of day, and quality of light. Once that information is recorded on the camera sensor, the digital darkroom gives me the freedom not to just create a documentation of the subject, but convey the emotion felt while there. With the freedom that technology brings, I can duplicate the way I felt and saw a scene, or even how I wish that it looked.
Photography is an art, and I think of myself as an artist. Enjoy the view.